COVID-19 tracking apps are launching across the country, but not in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — At least 20 states have or are developing apps that help users track the spread of the coronavirus and warn them if they’ve been near someone who has tested positive for highly contagious COVID-19.Florida is not one of them and likely won’t be.As the Google-Apple technology takes hold across the U.S., several Florida mayors urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to create the state’s own app to shore up a state tracing program Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber described as “still failing to do its job.”“Please consider directing your Department of Health to allow local governments the option to ut...
Snapchat takes on Tiktok and Instagram with Spotlight posts
Disappearing photos and videos sent between friends are at the very core of Snapchat. But the social media platform is now going in a different direction and setting users up to take the global stage.From now on, popular Snaps can be shared publicly across the entire platform using a new feature called Spotlight that highlights the most engaging and viral content using an algorithm.Snapchat is even setting aside 1 million dollars every day as a reward for the people who create the best videos on Spotlight, although they aren't yet saying how this will be divided up to anyone who goes viral wit...
French users sue Muslim prayer app over alleged US army links
French users of a Muslim prayer app accused of selling data that ended up with the US army are suing the company, their lawyers said Monday.Former subscribers to the Muslim Pro app, which claims to have 95 million users around the world, have filed the complaint after media reports accused the group of having shared its data with companies connected to the US army.The lawsuit, revealed by France's RTL radio, accuses the company of data protection offences, abuse of trust, endangering other people's lives and conspiracy to commit murder.The case is due to be filed on Tuesday.It follows a report...
Kenya Power hides token pricing from prepaid users
Kenya Power has stopped providing pre-paid consumers with a breakdown of their electricity bills, denying households an opportunity to interrogate their payment statement.Consumers now receive payment statements via their phones showing costs and units purchased and lumps together other charges like the monthly variable items like fuel and foreign exchange adjustments expenses.This makes it difficult for consumers to establish whether the costing on their bills matches the unit prices for various items like tax, regulatory levies and other surcharges with data published monthly in the Kenya Ga...
Bug results in Twitter 'Fleets' remaining visible after 24 hours
When Twitter launched "Fleets," the social network didn't expect to hit a snag like this. The microblogging network launched its disappearing stories, inspired by Instagram and Snapchat, less than a week ago, however, it seems that Fleets' URLs remain accessible after the 24-hour limit.According to information revealed by TechCrunch, followed by The Verge on November 22, these messages, which are supposed to be ephemeral, remain somehow visible. A user even showed that these stories can be downloaded by other users without triggering a notification to the fleet's author.A Twitter user exposed ...
Snapchat challenges TikTok with curated video feed
Snapchat on Monday unveiled a new curated short-form video feed in a stepped up challenge to social media rivals like TikTok.The new format called Spotlight will allow Snapchatters to see content from influencers and other members of the network popular with young smartphone users.Spotlight is aimed at broadening the connections among Snapchat users by enabling anyone to create a video that gets distributed on the platform.It aims to encourage more users to create short-form video "snaps" which can be embellished with filters and augmented reality effects."We designed Spotlight to entertain ou...
GCash among leading digital brands
GCash among leading digital brandsRichmond Mercurio(The Philippine Star) – November 22, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — Mobile wallet GCash has emerged as one of the top digital brands in the country, overtaking popular streaming and social media apps.Citing data rankings from App Annie, a global app ranking authority, GCash said it was among the top apps in terms of active users from January to September in both Android and iOS.It has registered a 130 percent app active user growth in September compared to the beginning of the year, and its monthly downloads in the recent months have peak...
Mobile e-commerce startup Wish files IPO, claims 108 mn users
The operator of the mobile e-commerce startup Wish filed documents for a share offering Friday, revealing a user base of more than 100 million.The filing by US-based parent firm ContextLogic said the platform is looking to expand the business which up to now has been connecting merchants based mainly in China with consumers around the world.Wish's initial public offering (IPO) filing said it was the most downloaded shopping app and operated in more than 100 countries, having shipped more than 640 million items.The startup said it had 108 million monthly active users at the end of September. It...
Nearly 1.4 million Illinois Facebook users have filed claims in $650 million privacy settlement, with Monday deadline looming
CHICAGO — Illinois Facebook users have until Monday to claim their share of a $650 million class action settlement over alleged violations of the state’s biometric privacy law.Nearly 1.4 million people had filed a claim as of Wednesday, which would make the expected payout about $400 each, Chicago attorney Jay Edelson said.In April 2015, Edelson filed the initial lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of plaintiff Carlo Licata, alleging the social media giant’s use of facial tagging features without consent was not allowed under Illinois privacy law.The case was moved to Chicago federa...
ABS-CBN launches iWant TFC
ABS-CBN launches iWant TFCRichmond Mercurio(The Philippine Star) – November 20, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — ABS-CBN Corp. has merged its two streaming platforms to come up with the first Filipino subscription-based streaming service available globally.iWantTFC, which is the combination of iWant and TFC.tv, allows users to choose from different subscription options with different levels of access to content and new platform features.Aside from ad-free access to the biggest library of Filipino video content, ABS-CBN said it would also provide the first window streaming of new episodes of...